Eagles fans will not have too far to travel to watch basketball standout John Staley compete at the collegiate level one year from now.
After verbally committing to Northern Kentucky University in September, the CJ senior made it official on Thursday, Nov. 10, signing his National Letter of Intent to join the Norse next season.
“It feels great to sign with NKU,” Staley said. “I have played basketball all my life because I love the game, so it’s just a bonus to be able play for four more years and get my college education.”
John, son of head coach Joe Staley and mother Michelle (pictured above), earned a full athletic grant to cover all tuition costs after turning in a stellar junior season. The 6-foot-5 forward led all GCL scorers and finished fifth in rebounds with 17.7 points and 7.4 boards per game.
The Kettering native admitted proximity to home – NKU’s campus is a little more than an hour drive south of Dayton –factored into his decision, and said he is grateful for an opportunity to play Division I NCAA basketball. The school’s athletic program is expected to move up from Division II for the 2012-13 season.
“I would like to thank all my coaches and all the guys I’ve had as teammates,” Staley said. Heading into his third varsity season at CJ, Staley’s resume includes first team all league and special mention all Southwest Ohio district honors, as well as a GCL North team championship in 2009-10.
The Eagles 2011 season begins Saturday, December 3 with a home-opener against Greeneview at 7:30 p.m.